Family Seeks Punitive Damages Against Nursing Home For Death Involving Malnourishment Of 84-Year-Old

A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against Asbury Place Nursing Home by the daughters of Alice Laverne Britton. The lawsuit claims that from the time Britton was admitted to the facility in 2005, she was repeatedly treated improperly by staff at the Tennessee nursing home.  Among the nursing home negligence allegations cited in the lawsuit:

Death Involving Malnourishment Of 84-Year-Old

  • Malnourishment
  • Dehydration
  • Unskilled nursing home workers dropped Britton resulting in a fractured femur that went untreated
  • Decubitus ulcers (bedsores) that were left untreated until they became severe
  • Failure to monitor medications that caused internal bleeding

The executive director for Asbury Inc., the nursing homes parent company, Teesa Brown, said the nursing home did provide appropriate care, and that they followed up with the family and the appropriate state agencies. She said at Asbury Place they are always concerned for the residents, their families, and the impact the loss of a loved one has on the family.

The family of this deceased nursing home resident is seeking $10 million in punitive damages and $3 million in compensatory damages.holston

This lawsuit was filed under the Tennessee Wrongful Death Statute in Blount County Circuit Court. According to the nursing home’s web site, Asbury, Inc., is a regional network of not-for-profit retirement and long-term care communities, affiliated with the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church.  Read more about this Tennessee nursing home lawsuit here.

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